“I think ESD was more about the big picture. It wasn’t just about grades or sports or just one of them, but how you could manage all of them together. I think it set the path for my future in a way that was different than other schools. It was preparing you for success. If you work hard for something, then you’ll get it. I wanted to be a cheerleader in college, so I knew I had to get my grades and do all these different things in order to be a cheerleader. It wasn’t just making A’s or going to cheer practice; I had to figure out how to make A’s, go to cheer practice, finish all my homework, how to study. My teachers set me up in a way that made me think I could do all these things.”

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